Re: [BCAB] Using screen readers and hearing aids Caroline Silvferberg 21 Nov 2012 11:53 GMT
Matty, In an open plan office, you will probably find it easier to be plugged into the computer than to use speakers so that background noise is less of a problem for you. If your hearing aids have a T setting for using an induction loop, you could buy a neck loop or induction hooks. Both plug into a headphone socket and work with the T setting. Neck loops are just a loop of wire that goes around your neck and give mono sound. Induction hooks are little loops that you put over the top of your ear (alongside a behind the ear hearing aid) and can give stereo sound. Both are more expensive than headphones but not too much so. Some hearing aids have a direct audio input. If yours do, you can get a direct audio lead, which plugs into a headphone socket and then into each hearing aid. You might need to also get what's known as a direct input shoe for each of your hearing aids. That just enables the lead to connect to the aid. This option is a bit more expensive than a loop but not much and in my experience gives better quality sound. Some hearing aids have Bluetooth. If the aids don't, you can buy Bluetooth receivers that plug into the direct audio inputs. I'm less clear on how the Bluetooth works as I've no experience of it. There are lots of possible providers but I've used www.deafequipment.co.uk and the Action on Hearing Loss online shop in the past. I hope you find something that works for you. Regards, Caroline -----Original Message----- From: Bcab [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Leach, Matthew Sent: 21 November 2012 11:03 To: BCAB Discussion List Subject: [BCAB] Using screen readers and hearing aids Good morning. The subject line says it all. I am currently working in an open plan office using JAWS as my screen reader with headphones. At the moment I am wearing one hearing aid but at some time in the next couple of months will be wearing two. I should appreciate guidance from those members in a similar position, e.g. should I be plugged into the computer or have a set of speakers to enable me to carry out my work. Any help will be appreciated. Many thanks. Matty. Matthew Leach Secretary Dickinson Dees LLP Tel:+44 191 279 9646 Fax:+44 191 230 8501 www.dickinson-dees.com If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail please notify the originator or telephone 0191 279 9000. This e-mail and any attachments have been scanned for viruses. Dickinson Dees LLP will not be liable for any losses as a result of any viruses being passed on. The contents of any e-mail which does not relate to the official business of the firm is neither given nor endorsed by it. Nothing in this e-mail or any attachment should be construed as an undertaking of the firm unless specifically identified as such. Dickinson Dees LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales under number OC317661. Our registered office is St Ann's Wharf, 112 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX,where a list of members' names is open to inspection. Dickinson Dees LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for legal work. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority for financial services work. Our FSA registration number is 448603. Our VAT registration number is GB123393627. -- To find out more about BCAB and the benefits that membership can bring, please visit our website: http://www.bcab.org.uk/ To manage your subscription to the BCAB mailing list, please visit our website: http://www.bcab.org.uk/bcab-discussion-list/ To discuss matters relating to the mailing list, please email email@example.com.